Hamlet

by: William Shakespeare

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ROSENCRANTZ

    Both your majesties
Might, by the sovereign power you have of us,
Put your dread pleasures more into command
Than to entreaty.

ROSENCRANTZ

Both you and the king might have ordered us to execute your command, instead of asking us so politely.

GUILDENSTERN

  But we both obey
30And here give up ourselves, in the full bent,
To lay our service freely at your feet
To be commanded.

GUILDENSTERN

But we’ll obey. Our services are entirely at your command.

CLAUDIUS

Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern.

CLAUDIUS

Thanks, Rosencrantz and worthy Guildenstern.

GERTRUDE

Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz.
35And I beseech you instantly to visit
My too much changèd son. Go, some of you,
And bring these gentlemen where Hamlet is.

GERTRUDE

Thanks, Guildenstern and worthy Rosencrantz.
I beg you to pay a visit right away to my son, who’s changed too much. Servants, take these gentlemen to see Hamlet.

GUILDENSTERN

Heavens make our presence and our practices
Pleasant and helpful to him!

GUILDENSTERN

I hope to God we can make him happy and do him some good!

GERTRUDE

    Ay, amen!

GERTRUDE

Amen to that!
Exeunt ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN, escorted by attendants
ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN exit, escorted by attendants.
Enter POLONIUS
POLONIUS enters.

POLONIUS

40Th' ambassadors from Norway, my good lord,
Are joyfully returned.

POLONIUS

The ambassadors are back from Norway, sir.

CLAUDIUS

Thou still hast been the father of good news.

CLAUDIUS

Once again you bring good news.

POLONIUS

Have I, my lord? I assure my good liege,
I hold my duty as I hold my soul,
45Both to my God and to my gracious king.

POLONIUS

Do I, sir? I assure your majesty I’m only doing my duty both to my God and my good king.